I have been lusting after a One K helmet in our local tack shop. I could use a better/newer helmet (I have fallen twice in the current one and dropped it several times.) I honestly don't know if I hit my head in the first fall, but the second one I knew I did.
The first fall is actually a funny story, it was in the first month of lessons with S. I was riding Gus who is the oldest and sweetest lesson horse (never dumps kids, just doesn't go forward). He tripped on a ground pole and the grass had dew on it. Needless to say neither of us stayed upright. My ankle was caught between him and one of the ground poles. Hence the reason I don't know if I hit my head or not. I was so busy trying not to swear that I don't remember anything beside thinking I had broken my ankle. Thankfully that didn't happen. So that is the story of how I fell of the best lesson horse in the barn.
The second one was with Stinker which I don't know if it should really count as a fall since I never made it on. I was getting on bareback and flopped on his side which caused him to spook. I thought the ground looked better than the side of the horse, so I tried to drop back to the ground and proceeded to sprain my ankle and skid on the gravel driveway. I know my head hit in the skid.
The bottom line, is I want the helmet, but I am terrified if I buy it I am going to promptly fall off and bust it. They do a replacement program....but it would still be $120 to replace it. I do think that the more expensive helmets offer better protection and I do need my brain to afford my horse. So...I should probably just go ahead and upgrade. But, I am terrified I will jinx myself if I do. And yes with that logic I will mention that I am a scientist and I do see the irony in it. And I promise I don't use this logic at work (much).
So, do I buy the new helmet (considering the fact I am looking for a new saddle also)? Or do I wait and stick with my old one for a couple more months?